WUDANG BLADE - Wudang Blade will be fitter and find this much easier than the Listed company against which he resumed last start. Last preparation he performed well in good three-year-old company and was even able to win a restricted class race at Warwick Farm on a heavy track. He has won twice previously here, once when ridden by Michael Cahill and 1000m suits perfectly. Wudang Blade has the speed to cross from gate six and in the class six should be hard to run down. There is a likelihood of rain on Monday and that will only enhance his chances.
MANASSA SKY - Manassa Sky has not won a race since October last year, going back 17 starts but he gets the perfect draw to run a placing here tonight. He will follow out the likely favourite from the pole draw and even if he gets crossed, three back along the pegs is not the worst spot to be over the 2150m here at Bendigo. His last three runs he has had to come wide on the turn, previous to that he had a rails run when running into a place at Wedderburn, tonight should see the same outcome.
ON FAST FORWARD - On Fast Forward has only won the two races in his lifetime, but he looks to have plenty of upside. He has good gate speed and the best in the game steering, Chris Alford. His main danger is drawn to his outside, Skyeski, who also has gate speed but can be prone to do things wrong. No doubt she has ability also, but expect that the Brent Lilley trained and Chris Alford trained On Fast Forward to lead pillar to post and be very well backed.
JULES PEACH - Jules Peach has been consistent this season, comes to a race where the main chances all look to be drawn in. Amelia Holmes is drawn inside her, but she looks to have a very negative driver change with Gavin Lang jumping off and trainer Bill Morgan getting in the bike. With that in mind, driver of Jules Peach Neil McCallum should be able to cross the pole marker early and dictate from the lead. She doesn’t have a lot of brilliance so he should try and drive her at an even tempo, I doubt she can win if he tries to turn into a stop start affair.
BONZA GUY - There are obviously no champions engaged here, Bonza Guy gets his chance to enter the winners stall for the first time. He has placed at four of his twelve career starts, usually driven tough but there could be a change of plan here tonight. With a few that will be keen to find the top off the front row, Driver John Caldow will have all the options as the sole horse off the back row. The horse drawn the pole has gate speed, he may elect to stay behind him or come off and attack with one run late. Either way, it is hard to see him not having a more economical run than recent outings where he has gone close.